The legend is about the Battle of Baia (a village which is situated at 9 km from Falticeni – The ex-capital of the medieval state ‘’Moldova’’) which took place in 1467 in the night of the 14th of December. The battle was between Stephen the Great and Matei Corvin. Corvin was injured in the battle and he was helped by a villager, his name was Harjap and they passed the mountains in ‘’Ardeal’’.The traitor was caught and locked in an old mine, from that day this mine was named “Groapa lui Harjap” (Harjap’s Hole); and the key which the mine was locked with is hidden under the “White Church”(the image above).
The myth is a fantastic story which tells us about the beliefs of ancient people, about the origin of the world, of the weather phenomena, about Gods and legendary heroes.
One of the most representative myth from our history is about Traian, The Emperor of Rome (98-117 b.c.) and Dochia, Decebal’s daughter the ruler of Dacia (the southern part of Romania). Traian fell in love with Dochia and he is tried to gain her heart. Dochia ran scared in the forest but Traian followed her and in the end he found her. Because Dochia didn’t wish to betray her people, she asked Zamolxis, the God, to save her by turning her into a stone. Even so, Traian, continued to love her. During his reign, Decebal had to run several wars with the Romans and in the year 101, Traianconquered Dacia, which became the territory of the Roman Empire for 172 years. Today, the peak of Mount Ceahlau, which is in the heart of Moldova is called Dochia, reminding of this legend.